Officials: At least 5 people dead in a small plane crash near Louisiana airport

Posted at 11:52 AM, Dec 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-28 12:57:57-05

LAFAYETTE, LA — At least five people died Saturday when a small plane crashed near Lafayette Regional Airport in Louisiana, Lafayette Fire Chief Robert Benoit said.

One person on board survived the crash, which occurred at 9:22 a.m. local time, Benoit said in a news conference.

The survivor was taken to the hospital along with three people who were on the ground, Benoit said. The eight-passenger plane was taking off from the airport when it crashed, Benoit said.

Weather conditions at Lafayette Regional Airport were listed as foggy throughout Saturday morning, with a visibility of 0.75 miles, according to the National Weather Service.

At 7 a.m. local time, visibility was listed at 0.25 miles, which the NWS designates as "dense fog."Lafayette is about 130 miles west of New Orleans.